Posted 1.18.10 11:45am
We the student and faculty members of the Center for Social and Environmental Justice and Social and Environmental Justice Club on the campus of Washington State University Vancouver are now meeting in our building of work and learning.
We are here today as a direct response to the police, sheriff and SWAT training that has been scheduled to occur in our building concurrent with the campus's prescheduled Martin Luther King Day events happening elsewhere on campus.
Campus police have "requested" that we vacate the building in order to accommodate this training, ostensibly designed to prepare law enforcement to respond to a Virginia Tech type tragedy.
We feel that this training is in direct opposition to the strategies and philosophy of Martin Luther King. We know that if he were here with us today Martin Luther King would challenge the claim that this type of militaristic civil drill is an effective avenue for addressing acts of violence.
A far more pragmatic and effective response—and certainly more consonant with MLK's commitment to nonviolent social change would be to invest in a fully funded community mental health care system and to challenge the progressive militarism of civil society in the United States.
One of our colleagues with us today is alum of Virginia Tech and completely opposes this training.
Our intention is to remain throughout the day in the building to teach, study and reflect on the revolutionary message of peace, justice, and nonviolent avenues for effecting social change.
Adam Carpinelli: firstname.lastname@example.org
Taj Mahon-Haft; email@example.com; (509) 432-4556
Sky Wilson: firstname.lastname@example.org; (360) 223-1397
"At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality" ~Ernesto Che Guevara
Social and Environmental Justice Club
Washington State University Vancouver
Vancouver, Washington 98686